Sidney (or Sydney) Dawes was born in Dudley on 3 September 1893, the son of Benjamin and Mary Ann Dawes. At some point they moved to Wolverhampton, and he attended Dudley Road Council School. In 1901 they were at 78 Knox Road, Wolverhampton, together with Sidney’s brothers James and Leonard and sisters Minnie, Florence and Gertrude. In 1911, they were living at 51 Curzon Street, and Sidney was with his parents, sisters Minnie Butler and Gertie Dawes, brother-in-law William Butler, and niece Olive Butler. Sidney was a milk deliverer.
Sidney enlisted in the 1st Battalion of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers (number 18655). He was killed in action on 8 August 1916, and also appeared in the Midland Counties Express on 18 November 1916. He is commemorated at the Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery in Belgium, as well as on the St Luke’s Church Memorial in Blakenhall.